[Nightmarish Detour Review] THE IN-BETWEEN

As per usual, I went into THE IN-BETWEEN not knowing anything about this film and it left me pleasantly surprised. At first, I wasn’t really in the mood to watch anything, but this left me feeling lighter and grateful for what I have.

This charming drama was directed by Mindy Bledsoe as well as co-written by herself, Jennifer Stone, and Rob Senska. Both Bledsoe and Stone star in this film alongside Rane Jameson. The story centers around two friends, Junior (Mindy Bledsoe) and Mads (Jennifer Stone) who set out on a road trip across America. Both are on their own personal journey – Junior is trying to let go of her past while Mads is trying to understand hers. Together, they will discover the true meaning of friendship and the art of letting go.

The story is raw and wholesome. It doesn’t feel like you’re watching a film but more or less feels like you’re on this journey with these wonderful women and are experiencing everything they are as well as discovering things about yourself. It’s a rollercoaster of emotions that include feelings of happiness, anger, laughter, regret, and more.

Beyond this wonderful story, it’s the genuine characters that really make THE IN-BETWEEN standout. They look and feel like everyday people with REAL problems. It’s been a long time since I’ve fallen in love with characters on film, but these women are hard to resist. They are brave, funny, and kind – making me want to know everything about them including their pain and how they have managed it. None of this would have left such a big impact without the brilliant and emotionally driven performances from Mindy Bledsoe and Jennifer Stone. It’s heartfelt but will also shake you to your core in the best way possible.

And to top it all off, the film ends perfectly – a feat that not all films can accomplish. It’s satisfying but doesn’t reveal too much, instead, it leaves you wondering what will happen next and allows for your imagination to fill in the blanks. It was beautiful watching these two women learn and grow together while also gaining the independence and strength they both needed to move on from their past.

THE IN-BETWEEN is something special and I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for something lighthearted and wholesome to watch. Sometimes films and stories like this are best to watch during times of trouble. They bring you back to reality – the reality that things will get better and that this too shall pass.

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